Michelle Harris, 28, the mother of 23-month-old Zion Harris who died from a laceration to her liver on September 24, was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder for beating the child to death, reports NOLA.com.
“Through the course of the investigation detectives learned that Harris struck her daughter after she did not listen to her,” police spokesman Officer Garry Flot said in a written statement. The coroner’s office classified the death as a murder due to blunt force trauma to the body.
Baby Zion’s death was initially listed as an “unclassified death,” but after the autopsy, the coroner’s office classified her death as “murder due to blunt force trauma to the body.”
See WWLTV news report below:
According to WWLTV, Zion’s stepfather noticed she “wasn’t acting like herself” on an outing to the park. When he called Harris with his concerns, she told him to bring the child home. She eventually became unresponsive and 911 was called.